Do you drink soymilk like I do? According to the dairy industry, you can't possibly drink soymilk, because there's no such thing. The only thing it calls "milk" is that substance they love to steal from millions of cows year after year. But that's not the only definition, as evidenced by many dictionaries:
1 a: a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young ; especially : cow's milk used as a food by humans b: lactation <cows in milk>
2: a liquid resembling milk in appearance: as a: the latex of a plant b: the juice of a coconut composed of liquid endosperm c: the contents of an unripe kernel of grain :
But tell that to the dairy industry. This is an excerpt from an article by well-known health guru John Robbins:
COWS' MILK VS. SOYMILK
Other anti-soy crusaders, most notably the U.S. dairy industry, clearly have a financial agenda. In recent years, the dairy industry has been waging war against soymilk. They have attempted to keep soy beverages from being included in the milk group in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They have sued the manufacturers of soy beverages for using the word milk, claiming that the dairy industry alone has a right to use the term. And they have tried to keep soy beverages from being sold alongside cow's milk in the grocery aisles. A spokesperson for the National Milk Producers Federation made it clear why the industry was upset. "It is," he said, "a clear attempt to compete with dairy productsAlso, here's an interesting blog entry that's insightful, but barely scratches the surface of the dairy industry's protective stance:
Make no mistake-- the Milk Board pours far more effort and concern into ensuring a steady profit from cows than worrying about them being happy.